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VMware NSX-T Data Center: Install, Configure, and Manage [v2.4]

Learn how to administer the VMware NSX-T environment.

This five-day, fast-paced course provides comprehensive training on how to install, configure, and manage a VMware NSX-T™ Data Center environment. This course covers key NSX-T Data Center features and functionality offered in the NSX-T Data Center 2.4 release, including the overall infrastructure, logical segments, logical routers, networking and security services, micro-segmentation and firewalls, and so on. Access to a software-defined data center environment is provided through hands-on labs to reinforce the skills and concepts presented in the course.

GK# 100362 Vendor# VMW- NSXTICM24
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Who Should Attend?

Experienced system administrators or network administrators.

What You'll Learn

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Describe VMware Virtual Cloud Network and the NSX-T Data Center architecture
  • Describe the NSX-T Data Center components and main functions
  • Explain the NSX-T Data Center key features and benefits
  • Deploy and configure NSX-T Data Center infrastructure
  • Configure layer 2 logical segmenting and bridging
  • Explain the tiered routing architecture and configure logical routers
  • Configure advanced services such as VPN and load balancing
  • Explain the NSX-T Data Center security model with micro-segmentation
  • Configure distributed and edge firewall to protect east-west and north-south traffic
  • Explain advanced security enforcement with partner service insertion
  • Gather relevant information and perform basic troubleshooting

Course Outline

  1. NSX-T Data Center Introduction

    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Overview of modules and course objectives

  2. VMware Virtual Cloud Network and NSX-T Data Center Overview

    • Introduce VMware’s Virtual Cloud Network vision
    • Describe VMware NSX-T Data Center portfolio
    • Describe NSX-T Data Center value proposition and use cases
    • Introduce Software-Defined Networking and VMware vSphere®
    • Describe NSX-T Data Center architecture and components
    • Explain the management, control, data, and consumption planes and functions
    • Introduce Converged Appliance

  3. NSX-T Data Center Infrastructure Deployment

    • Deploy the Converged Appliance cluster
    • Navigate through the Policy Manager user interface
    • Prepare for the NSX-T Data Center infrastructure deployment
    • Configure N-VDS, Transport Zones, IP pools, and uplink profiles
    • Prepare ESXi™ and KVM hosts for NSX-T Data Center
    • Verify host deployment status and connectivity

  4. NSX-T Data Center Logical Segment
    • Introduce logical segment key concepts and terminology
    • Explain N-VDS function and characteristics
    • Configure logical segments using the Policy Manager GUI
    • Attach VMware ESXi™ and KVM hosts to logical segments
    • Verify layer 2 connectivity
    • Describe various types of segment profiles
    • Create segment profiles and apply them to logical segments and ports
    • Explain MAC, ARP, and TEP tables used in layer 2 logical segmentation
    • Demonstrate Layer 2 unicast packet flow
    • Handle layer 2 BUM traffic

  5. NSX-T Data Center Logical Bridging

    • Explain the function and purpose of logical bridging
    • Describe the components of logical bridging
    • Create logical bridges and bridge profiles

  6. NSX-T Data Center Logical Routing 

    • Introduce the tiered routing architecture
    • Explain the functions of Tier-0 and Tier-1 routers
    • Describe the logical router components: Service Router and Distributed Router
    • Discuss VMware NSX® EdgeTM node deployment and sizing options
    • Deploy NSX Edge nodes and Edge Cluster
    • Configure Tier-0 and Tier-1 logical routers
    • Discuss routing topologies and configure services on routers
    • Configure static routing, BGP, and ECMP
    • Describe NSX Edge high availability (HA)
    • Explain HA failure detection and failback modes

  7. NSX-T Data Center Advanced Services 

    • Describe NSX-T Data Center services
    • Explain the Network Address Translation (NAT) service
    • Explain the DNS and DHCP services
    • Explain the load-balancing features and rules
    • Describe the load-balancing benefits
    • Configure L4-7 load balancing
    • Introduce the IPSec VPN and L2 VPN concepts
    • Configure IPSec VPN and L2 VPN using Policy Manager

  8. NSX-T Data Center Security 

    • Introduce the NSX-T Data Center security approach and model
    • Explain the use cases and benefits of micro-segmentation
    • Describe the distributed firewall architecture, components, and functions
    • Create distributed firewall sections and rules
    • Describe the edge firewall architecture and functions
    • Configure edge firewall sections and rules
    • Introduce bridge firewall
    • Describe the service insertion feature
    • Explain the integration of partner security solutions with NSX-T Data Center
    • Configure Endpoint Protection policies
    • Configure Network Introspection policies

  9. User and Role Management 

    • Describe role-based Access Control and VMware Identity Manager™
    • Explain the integration of NSX-T Data Center with VMware Identity Manager
    • Explain authentication policies
    • Identify the various types of permissions
    • Describe the VMware Identity Manager built-in roles
    • Explain VMware Identity Manager domains and user attributes

  10. NSX-T Data Center Basic Troubleshooting 

    • Troubleshooting methodology for troubleshooting L2, L3, and service issues
    • Introduce various troubleshooting tools
    • Collect local and remote log files
    • Monitor the NSX-T Data Center environment


  • Good understanding of TCP/IP services
  • Working experience of enterprise switching and routing
  • Good understanding of network security and working experience with firewalls